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duckypaddler
03-24-2011, 10:50 AM
After a weekend of family being in town, and me longing for the week before with my 3 days worth of Smokies visits, my family left a little early and the wife gave me a hall pass to go fishing Sunday. I called 3 different friends, but couldn't find anyone to fish. I remembered the new "Find a fishing buddy" hook-up, and gave Stan a call. I had bought a fly vise off Stan through another fourm (with a classifieds section - hint hint), and had met him when I picked it up. He was busy until the earlyafternoon, but since there wasn't anyone else around I decided to wait. We met at the Campbell Station Park & Ride and I drove from there. We apparently passed Rivergal on the drive up, but we were on a Brookie mission and had to push on. We soon made it to the trailhead & got ready. We hiked in and crossed the water that was now much lower than my last post

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=24&pictureid=567

The day was a perfect temperature and we eventually made it to the stream. I fished while Stan rigged up & I was immediately rewarded with this nice fellow

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=24&pictureid=568

The fishing was really heating up compared to my last visit, but there were a bunch more little guys caught this time.

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=24&pictureid=569

There were still plenty of nice fish as well, and I'm thinking to myself that my tailwater rod will get some rest for a while.


http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=24&pictureid=570


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Here is a shot of Stan landing the best fish of the day!


http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=24&pictureid=572

And a shot of the fish

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=24&pictureid=573


While we only got to fish for 2 hours, it was a great day for me, and I hope Stan had a good time also. Gotta love those Brookies!

Crockett
03-24-2011, 11:14 AM
James that looked like a lot of fun good to finally see Santa too! Got one question for you though I fished that stream last fall and didn't catch much on the lower half mile or so I had to go up stream for the good fishing. Has that changed any or were you guys into all those fish in the lower regions?

Stana Claus
03-24-2011, 11:40 AM
It truly was a great day to get out. And a BIG thanks to James for letting me tag along. I had to go into work for a little while that morning and was not planning on fishing until Monday, but when James called I just couldn't pass up the opportunity. He's a great guy to fish with and certainly knows how to find the brookies. I might have caught the biggest fish (barely, he certainly caught several that looked just as big to me), but he out fished me by a considerable margin. None the less, I learned a lot of valuable lessons that I think will serve me well and helped push me well up the learning curve for successfully fishing the Smokies. So thanks again, James, for taking the time to help a newbie learn a bit more about how to do things right.

Now, to get back out there and apply what I've learned so far, and keep learning new stuff. I'll be taking my son, the Subordinate Claus, out tomorrow for a full day in the Park. I'll let y'all know how that turns out later.

duckypaddler
03-24-2011, 12:15 PM
James that looked like a lot of fun good to finally see Santa too! Got one question for you though I fished that stream last fall and didn't catch much on the lower half mile or so I had to go up stream for the good fishing. Has that changed any or were you guys into all those fish in the lower regions?

Adam,

We were as low as I have ever fished it before. Yes I believe the fishing has improved there, but I'm not sure if it's related to #'s finally filling out as Matt Kulp said they would, or lack or pressure so far this year. We'll have to wait & see on this one:confused:. I hope to do the creek shocking this year and I know that would answer it for me. And with any Smokies stream I believe the better fishing "always" lies upstream:biggrin: May have more to do with the fish being easily fooled. When are we going fishing Adam?

gmreeves
03-24-2011, 01:56 PM
All these reports are making me go crazy. Looks like it was a pretty day to be on the water.

Corbo
03-25-2011, 08:06 AM
Thanks for sharing the story and Pictures! Brookies are the most beautiful fish on the planet.

jross
03-25-2011, 11:10 AM
good times. thanks for sharing.

Mac
03-25-2011, 01:05 PM
Excellent pictures and report as always.

Do none of your fishing buddies wear waders? :rolleyes:

I am getting cold just thinking about it. :biggrin:

duckypaddler
03-25-2011, 06:49 PM
Excellent pictures and report as always.

Do none of your fishing buddies wear waders? :rolleyes:

I am getting cold just thinking about it. :biggrin:

I talked Stana out of wearing his waders that day. I think Freddie says it best. If it's warm enough to fish in the park, it's warm enough to wet wade. :biggrin: You might need them in the Little River, but for Brookie streams are really unneccessary

Stana Claus
03-25-2011, 09:16 PM
Yea, verily, he speaks the truth. I had brought the waders and had the debate with myself over whether it would be better to put them on at the car and make the hike in wearing them, or tote them to the creek and put them on there. When James suggested just skipping the whole thing and wet wading I thought he was nuts, but figured if he was man enough to do it, so was I. Turns out it really wasn't that bad. I never waded out deeper than knee deep, and that was when I stepped in a hole at a trail crossing. And when I was in the water, it was only long enough to fish that hole, then it was back out and moving on to the next spot. So, I'm sold. At least for the smaller brookie creeks. Standing thigh deep or deeper in Little River or some of the bigger streams would be a different story, but for the upper reaches (on a relatively mild day) no waders are necessary.